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Trump misses the whole point of big military parades

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Trump misses the whole point of big military parades

Many countries put a lot of effort and spend a lot of money polishing their missiles, repainting their vehicles, and transporting a big chunk of their military apparatus just to display them to the people in a parade. President Trump got the idea from a French parade. We see images all the time of North Korean and Iranian military parades.

There’s a reason these and other countries have these parades. It comes down to an old business adage, “fake it ’til you make it.”

The United States doesn’t have to fake it. That’s why it should be no big deal that President Trump’s vision of a big parade seem to be postponed at best.

How Trump’s big military parade evaporated into thin air

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/17/how-trumps-big-military-parade-evaporated-into-thin-air.htmlWashington already has quite a few parades, including some with military participation held on Memorial Day and July 4. There was even a 1991 victory parade following the Gulf War complete with 8,000 marching troops, an F-117 Stealth Fighter, some tanks and a Patriot Missile Launcher.

But even that grand display of military hardware from the Gulf War didn’t seem to be what Trump had in mind. He noted that France had represented uniforms and equipment from different wars and that the Bastille Day parade lasted a full two hours. Trump said he envisioned a similar military extravaganza next July 4 down Washington’s famed Pennsylvania Avenue, which connects the White House to Capitol Hill.

Nations often try to build confidence and raise nationalism through parades. In many countries, it’s the best opportunity for the people to get a glimpse of the men and equipment set to protect them. It’s a confidence builder.

Not many Americans would say our military is too small or lacks technological advancements. A parade is not necessary to build American confidence. It would simply be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

The President may not get the big parade he wanted, but at least he and the rest of us know our military is effective whether we put it on display or not.

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  1. ed

    August 18, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    There’s nothing particularly sexy about computer software – it’s invisible, abstract and integrated into our equpment – same for our comsec equipment, the training of our officers and men, and the accuracy advantage and counter-counter-measure advantages we hold over our opponents with our cruise missiles, our ICBMs, and our smart bombs as well as our air-to-air missiles for air superiority, and our special ammunition that can be launched from our mobile artillery pieces. (Counter-counter-measures are those techniques and design features designed to defeat enemy counter-measures and to insure that they cannot jam or confuse our missiles, bombs, rockets, etc).

    There’s no visibility to to the superior training we give our officers & troops, so any troops or missiles or other hardware seen rolling down the street might as well be made of cardboard for all the strength it actually shows. It’s certain that the US military will not be putting our newest tanks, or aircraft or drones on public display for the pleasure of the Russians, N. Koreans or China, nor would a display indicate the ranges of our radios or our inter-agency communications capabilities or integrated forces functionality – all of which play some part in adding to the overall strength of the US Military.

    All the average person would see would be men in uniforms walking down the street (They might well be homeless vets as far as the public knows) and that “scary-looking” militaristic vehicles drove by. Most civilians (Trump included) would be unable to tell whether the guns carried in the parade were real or rubber – whether the barrels were plugged or not and whether the actual troops taking part in the parade had ever seen combat or were part of the military marching band(s).

    The US military has no need to waste time or money pulling actual combat troops away from training and combat preparation to do a spit-and-polish parade to pander to the ego of a narcissist – not to mention the logistical nightmare of finding lodging and travel for those involved – not to mention the damages to DC buildings and businesses when so many military would inevitably clash with the very liberal, poorly educated, anti-military-biased denizens of DC like sailors on shore leave.

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Did North Korea pull a con job on President Trump?

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Did North Korea pull a con job on President Trump

For most of 2018, President Trump has been tooting his horn as the great negotiator who forced Kim Jong un and North Korea to the table. He has showered praise on the dictator, a sharp contrast to the Twitter wars they had in the past. Now, it seems that negotiations may be falling apart.

On top of that, it now appears North Korea has continued to work on their nuclear and missile programs the whole time.

Undeclared North Korea: The Sakkanmol Missile Operating Base

https://beyondparallel.csis.org/undeclared-north-korea-sakkanmol-missile-operating-base/Located within the Tactical Belt in North Hwanghae province, 85 km north of the DMZ and 135 km northwest of Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is the Sakkanmol missile operating base (38.584698° 126.107945°).1 Although occasionally and incorrectly referred to as an “underground missile storage” facility, it is a forward Hwasong-5/-6 missile operating base subordinate to the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), which is responsible for all ballistic missile units.2 The base is located near the point where the three counties of Pongsan, Sohung, and Yontan in North Hwanghae province meet. Disambiguation of references to reported missile bases in these counties indicates that they are actually referring to the Sakkanmol missile operating base. This is likely true for references to a missile base at Togol, 9.5 km to the northeast, and may also be true for a reported ballistic missile unit in the Sariwon area, 31 km to the west.3

According to former CIA station chief Daniel Hoffman, North Korea is just trying to wait us out. They are trying to wiggle out of sanctions while simultaneously breaking them through secret deals with countries like Russia and China.

Was this all just a big con job? Did the North Koreans take advantage of President Trump’s desire for a foreign relations win? Are these latest revelations signs that they will not negotiate in good faith? It seems so.

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Immigration

Of course the military must be sent to the border

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Of course the military must be sent to the border

The most irresponsible move any president could make is to know up to 10,000 people were heading to the border with intent of breaching it and NOT send the military. The migrant caravan heading towards us from Mexico, which is reportedly comprised of 85% adult males, poses a threat regardless of their stated intentions.

Let’s be clear. Even if you believe the vast majority of people in the caravan are simply looking for a better life, you cannot ignore the risk from the few who have other intentions. If you believe there aren’t many people in the caravan with dangerous intentions, you’ve already bought into the leftist media message and Democratic Party talking points. There’s no way the truth is going to convince you otherwise.

Nevertheless, critics are already calling it the wrong move to send 5,000 troops to the border to support border patrol agents.

Military to Deploy 5,000 Troops to Southern Border

https://www.wsj.com/articles/military-to-deploy-5-000-troops-to-southern-border-u-s-officials-say-1540820650The U.S. military plans to deploy 5,000 troops to the southwest U.S. border in anticipation of a caravan of would-be asylum seekers and migrants currently moving northward in Mexico, U.S. officials said Monday.

The new figure is a major increase from initial estimates of 800 troops and would represent a military force equal to about one-third the number of customs officials currently working at the border. The military sent about 2,000 National Guard troops to the area earlier this year.

The military will be there for support, intimidation, and to stop an invasion if the group turns out to be militant. Chances of the latter are slim, but again we’re talking about thousands of young, able-bodied men. We cannot assume they are not armed and ready to breach the border by force. Making that assumption, no matter how slim the chances, would be a huge mistake.

Assuming they’re not all armed with AK-47s and rocket launchers, the military’s role there will be to assist border patrol in spotting illegal border crossings. They will almost certainly not participate in apprehending them unless the force is so great that true military action is required.

Leftists will argue that this is an attempt at intimidating members of the caravan. They’re absolutely right. What they get wrong is believing there’s no need to intimidate them. If this is going to be an orderly and safe experience for people on both sides of the border, including the caravan itself, then intimidation is necessary. Otherwise, we may see something similar to what Mexico saw today.

Watch this video of a 2nd migrant caravan trying to breach the Mexican border

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/29/watch-video-2nd-migrant-caravan-trying-breach-mexican-border/We’ve been saying for weeks that if the large migrant caravan that’s heading towards the United States border is allowed to enter, it would spark new caravans to form weekly. What we didn’t anticipate was that they’d be sparked by the first caravan’s ability to breach the Mexican border first.

In other words, it seems they believed it would be harder to get into Mexico than to get into America.

Mexico repelled an attempted invasion by the second caravan. During the attempted breach, a Honduran migrant was shot and killed, though Mexican officials deny the shots were fired by them. That should worry us all.

Even if most in the caravan have peaceful, positive intentions, a military presence is necessary to keep things from getting out of hand. Critics of the move need to back off. They have no clear argument against deploying troops to the border.

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Military

Pentagon is looking for a cheap solution to friendly fire

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Pentagon is looking for a cheap solution to friendly fire

It’s bad enough when the enemy is attacking you. It’s even worse when you have to watch your back for friendly fire. In the convoluted war zones the United States often finds itself in, there are challenges distinguishing between friends and foes.

The Pentagon wants to fix this problem and they’re asking for solutions. They’ve commissioned a call for personal identification technology that will allow friendly soldiers and their vehicles to be easily identified from a distance while not making them easier targets for the enemy.

The Pentagon Wants To Stop U.S. Troops From Shooting Our Allies

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/pentagon-wants-stop-us-troops-shooting-our-allies-34382Phase I of the project will be a feasibility study to determine what current technology is capable of providing. Phase II will call for a prototype Partner Force Identification Friend or Foe device. SOCOM says there could be spin-off applications for U.S. law enforcement, border patrol and search and rescue teams.

Unfortunately, this project may only solve part of the problem, as shown by a recent incident in which a U.S. general was wounded by an Afghan government soldier who apparently was a Taliban sympathizer. This device may protect allied troops from American fire, but it won’t protect American soldiers from the fire of their “allies.”

It isn’t just about cost-savings. Arguably more important is the technology’s ability to be implemented quickly with a low level of technical understanding. Some of our allies are not accustomed to having identifying technology on them.

As noted in the story, we will have an easier time with technology that helps us identify friends than generating solutions to allow friends to identify us. One problem at a time, I suppose.

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